Snippets for 11 March 2021

Thanks for reading our Snippets newsletter. We have once again included a mixed selection of articles we hope you find interesting.

We start this week with a look at 5 ways to tell if a solution to the climate and nature crisis is genuine.

How can we tell if a corporation/company is living up to its commitments to ‘do the right thing’? TRACE hopes to do just that with a project using satellite image processing and much more. These satellite images can be used in conjunction with learning AI to improve farming practices.

Food, we waste an awful lot of it, from the production, transport, right through to our kitchen. Up to 74kg’s per person annually. Food waste is a global issue and has no boundaries. At the home level, simple planning of meals and the weekly shop can reduce it a lot.

Ikea has made some big commitments to become 100% circular by 2030. This article gives good insight into the history of the company and their green journey across all facets of their business.

Taking a look at the automotive sector - if you didn’t already know it, traditional ICE vehicles are many times more resource wasteful that battery powered vehicles. Auckland Transport has just taken delivery of their first hydrogen fuel cell bus. AT see hydrogen playing a big part in longer bus journeys, where electric will be in the mix for shorter routes.

Working together to achieve a common goal can work wonders - 3 major clothing brands are working together to secure climate friendly wool. And we take a look at Mutu, a new borrowing service, created to avoid the pitfalls of consumerism. Why buy something for a one off job, when you can borrow it.

We finish up with a look at the value of having access to electricity in remote locations, it’s a life changer.

In the developed world, we need to take the lead to reduce our ecological footprint to achieve both environmental outcomes and minimise the negative impacts on lower-income countries. In order to do this, we need to think about potential solutions through a new lens that weighs both the ecological benefits and the social and environmental costs..Read more.....

A new project called Climate TRACE hopes to increase transparency and accountability for GHG emitters. The collaborative project will use satellite image processing, remote sensing technologies, machine learning and artificial intelligence to monitor worldwide human-made GHG emissions in real time. A real breakthrough in emissions data! Read more.....

In addition to reporting on GHG emissions, satellite imagery is being used to improve agricultural practices by giving farmers more information with which to manage their land. These applications lead to protecting native flora and fauna, reducing the carbon footprint and increasing the efficiency of operations. Read more.....

If food waste was a country, it would have the third highest emissions after the US and China. People waste about a billion tonnes of food a year, about 74kg per person globally, which harms the environment. About 10% of global emissions are from food waste, from the growing to transporting, cooking and GHG’s created in landfills. It is not too hard to fix – people need to be more aware of food quantities and disposal options and opportunities. Read more.....

Keen to erase its massive climate footprint and become “climate positive” by 2030, global company Ikea plans to change how it makes its products and how you buy them. Their plan is to make their products last a lot longer and give old products second lives… and become 100% circular by 2030 – a very ambitious goal considering their 2019 emissions accounted for about 0.1% of the world’s emissions for that year. Here’s an interesting read on how they plan to achieve their goal. Read more.....

Our next couple of articles look at the automotive and transport space. The debate is over. Traditional ICE vehicles make hundreds of times more waste than battery powered EVs. We have all seen the spin that the fossil fuel industry puts out in order to dissuade people from buying EVs, but this article will help put that to rest. The main factor that can decrease the resource efficiency of an EV is using electricity generated from fossil fuels! Read more.....

Auckland Transport will soon debut the first Hydrogen fuel cell bus, as part of its program to have an emission free fleet by 2040. The bus was custom built in Christchurch for a hefty $1.175 million dollars, but it will have lower running costs that will pay back over time. Auckland Transport envisions a mix of EV buses for short distance and Hydrogen fuelled buses for longer routes.Read more.....

Team work can bring big improvements, and along with US apparel company Smartwool, Allbirds and Icebreaker have committed to working together to promote the use of more climate-friendly wool by sourcing merino from a 100 % regenerative wool platform. The New Zealand Merino Company’s ZQRX platform involves 167 New Zealand merino growers, all using regenerative farming practices, across more than a million hectares of farmland. Regenerative farming prioritises building resilience through diversity and soil health and includes practices such as the use of cover crops, no tillage and ditching biocides and fertilisers. Read more.....

Remember the last time you got the water blaster, or the extension ladder out? Well, if you are struggling to remember, you are probably not alone. Such is the infrequency of using such devices, it hard to justify actually owning them. Thanks to a new App, Mutu, it is now possible to borrow things like a water blaster only needed for a short time. Items can be listed for a small fee and there are minor processing fees to cover costs.. Read more.....

Our final article discusses how indigenous villagers can be supported and protected and how they in turn can protect forests and the climate. This is the case for the 50 families of Kampung Buayan in the Malaysian-Borneo Peninsula. Over many years the village has been provided with locally generated electricity, which has enabled lighting at night and refrigeration for storing food. It has also provided the basis for eco-tourism and for creating local employment opportunities.Read more.....

In our innovation section this week, we have two articles around hydrogen developments, and one on developments in aviation:

- Researchers develop hydrogen paste that could fuel vehicles

- Seawater-splitting system could scale-up renewable hydrogen production

- Concept Hybrid Planes Could Reduce Deadly Air Pollution by 95 Percent

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